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American Civil War Weapons

The American Civil War was fought on the verge of a military revolution in small arms. Both the Confederate and Union forces were armed with a combination of weapons on their last legs and new items that became the forefathers of modern artillery, including cavalry swords and sabers.

Modern cartridge rifles like the Spencer repeating carbine showed the world what the rifle could be and that repeaters were the future of infantry rifles. The Union forces make extensive use of the Gatling gun, which while not technically a machine gun, did reveal it as a possibility. Bayonets of different styles and types were still heavy employed, as well as a variety of different muskets. Muskets came from American factories, and were imported from French, Prussian, and Belgian sources.


Quick Facts

  • The Lemat revolver was a French design that employed a unique shotgun barrel placed beneath the normal barrel
  • The Gatling gun was invented by a doctor named Richard Gatling
  • The Civil War was the last major conflict in which swords were used with regularity

Recommended Items at Auction

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REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY M1858 CIVIL WAR REVOLVER
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY M1858 CIVIL WAR REVOLVER
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $50- $10,000
$42514 Bids
1862 Civil War Naval Sword With Original Scabbard
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
1862 Civil War Naval Sword With Original Scabbard
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$27510 Bids
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Master Strategist of the Civil War: Rufus Ingalls Collection
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Master Strategist of the Civil War: Rufus Ingalls Collection
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $7,500- $12,500
$1,3009 Bids
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Gen. William T. Sherman's Sword & Trunk
May 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Gen. William T. Sherman's Sword & Trunk
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $40,000- $60,000
$10,0008 Bids
Civil War Period D Guard Bowie Knife
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Civil War Period D Guard Bowie Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$707 Bids
Early Civil War Bowie
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Civil War Bowie
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] Presented Ames Sword, 16th New York Light Artillery
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] Presented Ames Sword, 16th New York Light Artillery
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,250- $1,750
$5006 Bids
HORSTMANN CIVIL WAR SWORD.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
HORSTMANN CIVIL WAR SWORD.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$3256 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] m1852 Sharps Carbine
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] m1852 Sharps Carbine
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,250- $1,750
$5506 Bids
Civil War Era Pinfire Pistol
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Civil War Era Pinfire Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1255 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] C. Sharps Pepperbox Pistol
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] C. Sharps Pepperbox Pistol
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $250- $500
$3005 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] Identified Officer's Sword
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] Identified Officer's Sword
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,250
$2005 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] Aston M1842 Percussion Pistol
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] Aston M1842 Percussion Pistol
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $500- $750
$4505 Bids
CIVIL WAR AMES CAVALRY SWORD.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
CIVIL WAR AMES CAVALRY SWORD.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$2005 Bids
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[CIVIL WAR] Poultney & Trimble Smith Carbine
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[CIVIL WAR] Poultney & Trimble Smith Carbine
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,250- $1,750
$4004 Bids
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Captured Bowie Knife w/ Period Note of Provenance
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Captured Bowie Knife w/ Period Note of Provenance
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$5504 Bids
CIVIL WAR ERA PISTOL
May 12, 11:00 AM CDT
CIVIL WAR ERA PISTOL
by LOST N FOUND RELICS
Est: $600- $1,500
$1253 Bids
Civil War Period Bowie Knife
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Civil War Period Bowie Knife
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
Civil War Era Sword Made By Ames Mfg CHICOPEE MASS "US G. K. C. 1864
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Civil War Era Sword Made By Ames Mfg CHICOPEE MASS "US G. K. C. 1864
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $350- $650
$1803 Bids
"AMES" CIVIL WAR MUSICIANS SWORD.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
"AMES" CIVIL WAR MUSICIANS SWORD.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $300
$1503 Bids
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[Virginia] 1863 Richmond Armory Rifle
May 15, 9:00 AM EDT
[Virginia] 1863 Richmond Armory Rifle
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$4503 Bids
CIVIL WAR M1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD BY WEYERSBERG
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
CIVIL WAR M1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD BY WEYERSBERG
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1502 Bids
Bowie Knife Possible Civil War
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Bowie Knife Possible Civil War
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell American Civil War Weapons


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Hindman

Hindman

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Fleischer's Auction House

Fleischer's Auction House